How to say No, I do not like the lamp
Hi, I'm pretty new to German I don't understand a whole lot about declension or conjugation or sentence structure because Duolingo doesn't do a great job at explaining that kind of stuff but Duolingo says, to say "No, I don't like the lamp" as "Nein, die Lampe mag ich nicht" but I tried it in 2 different translators and they said it should be written "Nein, Ich mag die Lampe nicht" If anyone could tell me which is correct or if one is more correct than the other and why that'd be great.
Actually, both the translators and Duolingo are right. Set aside the "no/nein", which is like an other subsentence, as long as the verb is in second position in an affirmative sentence, it's mostly right to put either the subject (I/ich) or the complement (die Lampe/the lamp) first.
What you do is putting more emphasis on the one you put at the head of the sentence. Obviously (or maybe not that obviously…) the more usual writing would be "Ich mag die Lampe nicht", meaning simply you don't like that lamp. By writing instead "Die Lampe mag ich nicht", you may be implying that perhaps, you like something/everything else. But both are grammaticaly equally correct.
Does it help?